Text: The Vascular Access Jamboree: Collaborate – Observe – Improve

The Vascular Access Jamboree: Collaborate – Observe – Improve

The majority of hospitalized patients can expect to receive an IV catheter during their hospital stay. In fact, peripheral IV placement is the most common invasive procedure performed worldwide. Yet, it is well documented that IV failures and complications remain unacceptably high.¹ Facilities must address these issues to improve patient quality of care. Observation through…

Text: 2021 Year in Review

2021: Year in Review

As 2021 ends, we would like to thank you for reading the Eloquest healthcare Blog! We hope you have found our posts during the last 12 months to be both informative and impactful to your professional career. Here are some of the past year’s highlights… One of our favorite posts of the year arrived in…

Text: Fewer Dressing Changes: Better for the patient and the bottom line

Fewer Dressing Changes: Better for the Patient and the Bottom Line

Frequent Dressing Disruptions Vascular access dressing disruptions occur frequently during vascular access device (VAD) maintenance, leading to premature dressing changes. This issue has been examined by multiple studies. According to a study undertaken by Timsit, et al., approximately 67% of central venous catheter (CVC) dressing changes are performed before the planned date.1 This can be…

Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI) Causes and Prevention

It is well known that the use of medical adhesives is associated with potential skin damage during a variety of procedural and treatment courses, including vascular access. This skin damage can present as medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI). MARSI prevalence was examined in a study undertaken by Farris, et. al, to determine the scope of…

Text: Gum Mastic: What is it and why do I need it for my vascular access dressings?

Gum Mastic: What is it and why do I need it for my vascular access dressings?

Are you struggling with maintaining intact vascular access dressings for up to 7 days as recommended by the Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice? If so, consider the use of gum mastic to enhance dressing adherence!1 In the brief video below, S. Matthew Gibson RN, CRNI, VA-BC, CPUI shows the simple application process of Mastisol® Liquid…

Vascular Dressing Wear Time: The Gap between Guidelines and Practices

Vascular Dressing Wear Time: The Gap between Guidelines and Practices

Guidelines for Dressing Wear Time and Maintenance Guidelines for vascular access dressings focus on improving both wear time and dressing integrity. Maintaining intact dressings is important for preventing infection and minimizing risk of skin injury. It can also reduce unnecessary dressing changes and help wear time more closely match standard parameters. According to the 2021…

Visualizing the Benefits of a Transparent, Antimicrobial Surgical Dressing

Progress of Surgical Dressing Development The development of advanced surgical dressings has allowed healthcare providers to optimize patient outcomes and procedural efficiency. Much recent innovation has focused on reducing rates of surgical site infection (SSI) due to its seriousness and financial impact. Antimicrobial dressings help minimize such complications and encourage optimal healing during post‐operative wound…

Evidence‐Based Products and Practices Facilitate the Pivot to Telemedicine

Evidence‐Based Products and Practices Facilitate the Pivot to Telemedicine

Pivoting to Telemedicine Throughout the COVID‐19 pandemic, social distancing and reducing in‐person interactions have been essential to decrease viral spread. The healthcare industry has largely pivoted to telehealth per CDC recommendations, conducting clinical visits via virtual methods and operating in‐person facilities at restricted capacity. Doing so reduces unnecessary patient contact and exposure.¹ In order for…

ReliaTect Post‐Op Dressing versus Standard of Care in Women Following Cesarean Delivery

Study Design and Measures of Patient Satisfaction In the study “Antimicrobial Dressing versus Standard Dressing in Obese Women Undergoing Cesarean Delivery: A Randomized Controlled Trial” conducted by Dr. Antonio Saad and colleagues at the University of Texas Medical Branch, ReliaTect antimicrobial dressing was compared to standard wound dressing. It is the first published trial comparing…